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De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005

Formerly brewed at De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Diksmuide, Belgium


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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3129) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2013
bottle @ kulmi . pours blonde, white foam smell is sour, sugary, yoghurt. feels thick, lots of carbo, yet not TOO much. sugary, caramel, sweet, sour, yoghurt, SO DAMN UNIQUE i even get like the taste that reminds me of the smell of a room where there have been smoked cigars, but now the scent has fadesd a bit.. very weird ! tbh, itsd not my favourite taste but the thing is with all stille nachtís , theyíre just so unique, and that, is exaclty what i want in a beer. uncomparable things are ALWAYS better

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Palme (3380) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2013
0.33l bottle @ Kulminator. Finally! My god! It looks like a bloody snow storm in the glass! Bubbles all over the place. On top a big big-bubbly off-white head and in the body a dark almost copper-honey colored thing with trillions of bursting bubbles shimmering to the surface. It looks amazing! The aroma is, well, in lack of better words Iím going to say amazing. Itís sticky and sweet, but itís so hard explaining this one! Dates and dried fruits is perhaps the closest Iím going to get. There are just so many things going on here! Impossible for me to tear apart. It actually reminds me a bit of utopias! Yeah thatís what it in a strange way reminds me of! It has that sweetness and fruitiness like a soft younger brother of utopias might could have had! Ok, letís taste it: YES! Score! Itís strong, sweet, fruity, sticky, boozy, pepperish, with candy, bitterness, licorice, hops, Christmas, spices, calvados, alcohol and dates. My oh my. Itís just so round, inviting and delicate considering this is actually a brutal Belgian at 13% ABV. What a beer. Savor this moment Palme, cause I think it will be a while until you get another one as nice as this. 02.06.2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6865) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle at Mikkeller. It pours clear amber with a small off-white head. The nose is gingerbread, toffee, baked apple, pear, spice, wood, leather, alcohol, faint oxidized notes, raisin and date. The taste is wood, earth, vinous, brandy, toffee apple, pretty high alcohol heat, winter spice, raisin, plum skin, tinned nectarine, over-ripe peach and orange peel with a long warming finish. Full body, fine, prickly carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Well-integrated. Great depth of flavour. A nice winter warmer. Perhaps still a bit boozy, but an enjoyable beverage nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aasher (112) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle shared by claaark13. Thanks Sean! This one pours a light bodied rich polished bronze with a one finger, soft white head with good retention around the glass. The nose is rustic. There is a good amount of old, musty oak with moderate earthy Cab notes. It smells the way I imagine the attic at Cantillon to smell. The flavors too are super earthy. Itís dusty, super musty and dry with a moderate amount of slightly sweet red wine character. I canít stop thinking of cobwebs and a dry musty cave. It is REALLY good. I didnít know what to expect but this one is pretty spectacular. The old world Bordeaux barrels really showed well on this one. This was a very interesting beer and well worth your while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClubGonzo (4025) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle, courtesy of musthavename. A real Christmas classic and a rare treat up for rating, appropriate for New Yearís Eve (logged early 2013 but hey - thatís NYE for ya! ;-)) Pours a surprising crystal clear deep golden body with a medium, short-lived white head. Nose is an amazing mix of new and old: fresh yeasty tones of red fruits and white grapes, hay and hints of grass on top of port wine-like oxidized caramel tones, with touches of candi sugar and oak. No booze. Very inviting. Taste is strong oaky candi sugar tones laced with heavy oxidized caramel, raisins, grape peel and port wine. Extremely sweet, but the integration is amazing - it all comes together in style and the ABV is nowhere to be found. Remarkably carbonated for its age - though not too much - and with a full, thick and nearly oily body. Absolutely fantastic. Iím glad to have tasted this gem before it starts the long road downhill, as I believe 7 (or is it 8?) years is quite enough to have matured this normally wild and unruly beer to a good shape. In either case, this one goes out to all my fellow Ratebeerians on New Years Eve 2012/2013 - CHEERS! :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Small bottle shared by drewbeerme. Thanks, dude! Pours richer orange amber pour, good haziness and frothy offwhite head dies toa film, laces ok. Good deep orange ruby glow through the body, some edges show amber orange. Aromas are a nice oaky quality, gentle spice, fruit and pear. Touches of Calvados or Brandy, tree fruit and dough. Touches of cardboard oxidation, gentle heat, big apple and pear fruit, touch of cider and spice. Powerful nose as it settles. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch lighter in body with apple, pear, gentle sweetness. Bready malts, straw, and dough. Oak qualities grow with Calvados and Brandy like spirit qualitiesn gentle heat, firm oak and bigger fruit qualities. Middle is a bit tart and fruity, touches of spirit, gentle spice. Backend shows some oxidation, dryness, spirit and oak. Good barrel presence, tartness from the fruit, nice dryness and mellow sweetness, spice and yeast deadened into the backend and finish. Dry, tannic, and the spirit qualities realy work well here. Mellow oxidation plays well, the barrel finish really offers the life here. Really nice beer and I didnít really expect it to be so. Really nice rate, thanks again Drew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (1055) - Linden, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2012
330 ml bottle - probably traded a bit too much - madeira has kicked in too much. Tried to filter this out of it. Hazy light golden with a thin head. Aroma of brown sugar and some peach (and dust). Medium mouthfeel with a slight heat punch from the alcohol, nice acidity and peppery finish. Taste of spices (especially kardemon), exotic flavours and brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdamJackson (2622) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Enjoyed this special beer at Kulminator in Belgium. Review from notes.

A - Bright hazy / cloudy gold. Itís a gorgeous fluffy 1 finger white head.

S - Smells of brown sugar, oak and sweet brown sugar. Hint of tropical fruits..apricots, pineapple? Thereís a spiciness like pepper as well.

T - Lovely. Fills the mouth with a coy sweetness of light citrus followed by cracked peppercorn. Candied sugar, oatmeal and grape skins. It has a very rich and full finish.

M - Slightly boozy, hint of astringency and bubbly tingle like a sparkling wine.

O - This beer left me wanting to try other vintages of this remarkable creation. Nearly perfect and an insanely fun beer to drink. 12 oz so you donít want to share it with friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Armin. Big thanks Man!!! Pour is hazy orange with a small white head and good lacing. Caramel, banana, light spice, toffee, butterscotch, figs, mango, biscuit, and raisins in the aroma. Taste is toffee, caramel, bread, clove, basil, golden raisins, white grapes, muscat, and oak with a slightly spicy finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Really tasty beer and not a hint of alcohol in sight; a real treat to taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Pour out of 11.2 oz bottle, hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of white grape, caramel, hints of earth, touch of grapefruit, white wine, caramelized sugars, hints of green raisin, fig, very complex. Taste is a sweet mix of green raisin, white grape, touch of earth, grape, hints of oak, nice caramel and sugary notes balance out the slightly tart notes, finishing fairly sweet, slightly tart, dry. Really nice.

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